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Academic

Q: What programs are available in English?

A: The programs below are offered in English from the undergraduate level.
- College of International Relations, Global Studies Major
- College of International Relations, American University-Ritsumeikan University Joint Degree Program
- College of Policy Science, Community and Regional Policy Studies Major
- College of Information Science and Engineering, Information Systems Science and Engineering Course

Q: It says that all the classes are taught in English, but can I take classes in Japanese?

A: In the Global Studies Major (College of International Relations) and the Community and Regional Policy Studies Major (College of Policy Science), students can take the classes taught in Japanese within their College if his/her Japanese level is satisfactory.

Q: Are the Japanese classes mandatory for all international students?

A: In the Global Studies Major (College of International Relations), the Joint Degree Program (College of International Relations) and the Community and Regional Policy Studies Major (College of Policy Science), international students take a Japanese language placement test during orientation at the beginning of their first semester. The language classes you have to take will be based upon the result of this test. There are 6 different classes (level A to F) for international students.

  • International students will study Japanese as a Foreign Language.
  • If your Japanese is at a native Japanese speaker’s level, you must choose a language other than Japanese and take the required credits in the chosen foreign language.

Q: I'm interested in the Master’s/Doctoral programs. Where can I find information?

A: Please refer to here.

Admissions

Q: Can I transfer credits that I earned from another school?

A: English-medium Undergraduate degree programs do not accept transfer credits. If you wish to enroll in these programs, you will have to start from the first year.

Q: I only hold Japanese nationality. Which admission systems can I apply to?

A: Admission systems of English-medium undergraduate programs are following.

Major Enrollment
College of International Relations,
Global Studies Major(GS)
April September
College of International Relations,
Joint Degree Program(JD)
April
College of Policy Science,
Community and Regional Policy Studies Major(CRPS)
  September
College of Information Science and Engineering,
Information Systems Science and Engineering Course(ISSE)
April  

 For April Enrollment (GS/JD/ISSE), students who hold only Japanese nationality cannot apply through the ‘April AO Admissions, English based’ system. They can exceptionally apply if they have graduated or is scheduled to graduate from high schools/ senior secondary schools located abroad.

Students with only Japanese nationality should look at the following pages here (Japanese only).


 For September Enrollment (GS/CRPS), students of any nationality may apply through the 'September AO Admissions, English based' system.  

Q: I have dual nationality. Which admission systems can I apply to?

A: Yes. You can apply for either April Admission (‘April AO Admissions for GS/JD/ISSE, English based’) or September Admission (‘September AO Admissions for GS/CRPS, English based’)
Please note that you may not be eligible for some of the scholarships which can be awarded to international students with a ‘Student’ visa only.

Admission systems of English-medium undergraduate programs are following.

Major Admissions
College of International Relations,
Global Studies Major(GS)
April September
College of International Relations,
Joint Degree Program(JD)
April
College of Policy Science,
Community and Regional Policy Studies Major(CRPS)
  September
College of Information Science and Engineering,
Information Systems Science and Engineering Course(ISSE)
April  

Q: Is there a maximum age requirement for applying to the English-medium Undergraduate Programs?

A: No. There is no upper limit for students applying to the English-medium undergraduate programs.

Q: Can I apply more than once?

A: Yes. Students may apply in more than one application period. However, students must submit a new set of application documents and pay a separate application fee for each application.

Q: Can I apply to both the Global Studies Major and the Community and Regional Policy Studies Major? (September Admissions Only)

A: You may apply for one of the Majors or both GS Major and CRPS Major at the same time. When applying for both Majors at the same time, only one set of application documents is required. However, the following are additionally required:

  1. Submit ALL “Major Specific Writing Tasks” for both the Global Studies Major and the Community and Regional Policy Studies Major. (See point(4) on page 6 of the Application Handbook and the Application Forms for details)
  2. Pay Application Fee of 10,000 yen (5,000 yen per major). For more information regarding the Application Fee, see pages 12-14 of the Application Handbook.

Q: Is Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) required for the English-medium undergraduate programs?

A: No. International students are not required to submit EJU scores for application to the English-medium undergraduate programs.
International students who are looking to apply for the Japanese-medium degree programs will be required to submit their EJU scores. For admissions information on the Japanese-medium degree programs,please refer to here.

Q: Do the recommendation letters need to be written on the provided format?

A: No. Any format is acceptable. Please ensure that the letter provides all the information requested on the provided format. Also, the letter must be signed and sealed in an envelope by the referee who wrote it.

Q: What if my high school does not issue Certificate of Scheduled High School Graduation?

A: If your school does not issue a Certificate of Scheduled High School Graduation, please ask the school to write a letter indicating your name, date of birth, scheduled graduation date with the school stamp and/ or headmaster’s signature.

Q: I have graduated from / am enrolled in university. Do I need to submit the transcripts of my university?

A: Students need to submit transcripts of all grades of senior secondary education (high school, junior college, polytechnics, etc.). Submission of university transcripts is voluntary.

*Regarding the JD application, students are required to submit the transcripts for four years of secondary/high school(s)(grades 9,10,11 and 12 or equivalent). (e.g. All grades of your senior high school AND the third year of your junior high school.)

Q: Secondary school in my country integrates G7 to G12. Do I need to submit all 6 years of transcripts?

A: Students need to submit ONLY transcripts of SENIOR secondary school. If your senior secondary school has 3 (or 2) years of education, please submit 3 (or 2) years of transcripts accordingly.


*This information does not apply for students applying to the Joint Degree Program. If you are applying to the JD Program, please consult the JD Application Handbook here.

Q: I have only one set of the certificates and I don't want to give up my original.

A: As a rule, we can accept only the original documents, apart from the documents proving English proficiency. However, when it is not possible for a certificate to be re-issued, a certified copy of the original will be accepted. An official organization (i.e., the school you graduated from, consulate, embassy, etc) must certify the copy as identical to the original by placing an official seal. If you are submitting the original documents and you would like them to be returned, please attach a request letter with the details of the addresses and the date you would like them to be returned by.

Q: Do all the applicants need to submit English Proficiency Test Scores (TOEFL, IELTS or TOEIC)?

A: Students whose most recent 6 years of formal education before the enrollment date were conducted entirely in English do not need to submit an English language test score.


*This information does not apply for students applying to the Joint Degree Program. If you are applying to the JD Program, please consult the JD Application Handbook here.

Q: Is there an expiration date for English Proficiency Test Scores?

A: The test result will only be considered valid if the test was taken within the two-year period prior to the start date of the relevant application period and if the test score is available during the application period.

Q: Is the application fee refundable?

A: No, the application is non-refundable. It is a mandatory fee to be considered for admission and required for all applicants.

Q: Is there any scholarship that covers the application fee?

A: No. Currently, there is no scholarship that covers the application fee. The application fee is required for all applicants.

Q: How can I pay the application fee?

A: The application fee can be paid by the following methods.

- Credit card
- Convenience Store (*only available for applicants in Japan)
- PayPal
- Alipay
- Yen-denominated wire transfer

For more detail, please consult the Application Handbooks available here.

Q: Can I send the application online?  Where do I send my application?

A: From 2018 Entry, Ritsumeikan University is introducing the online application system called "Ritsu-Mate". Certain application documents must be submitted online (via "Ritsu-Mate") while other documents must be submitted by post.

You can find the application flowchart of each program below.
Global Studies Major
Joint Degree Program
Community and Regional Policy Studies Major
Information Systems Science and Engineering Course

Regarding documents which should be submitted by post, please send them by registered mail, registered airmail or courier (DHL, FedEx, OCS, EMS, etc.) to the address below. The package must be postmarked by the application deadline.

Ritsumeikan University
International Admissions Office at Kinugasa
56-1 Toji-in Kitamachi, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8577
JAPAN

IMPORTANT:

Applicant for the JD program must submit application through Common Application (hereafter referred to as Common App) in addition to "Ritsu-Mate".
The Common App is an online college application that is accepter at around 700 colleges and universities in the United States, including American University.
For further instruction on the Common App, please refer to the Common App manual attached to the JD Application Handbook.

Q: The Application Documents will arrive after the application period. Will it be accepted?

A: If the application is postmarked or collected by the courier service by the relevant application deadline it is acceptable.

The University will not accept applications postmarked after the end of the application period. The University will also not accept an application, unless we are able to confirm receipt of the Application Fee by the designated application deadline.

Q: When do I need to upload the required documents by?

A: Students need to upload the documents by 11:00pm (Local time) on the last day of the application period.

Q: Can I apply now and hold off the enrollment for a year?

A: No, you can not. When you make an application to Ritsumeikan University, you have to apply in the application period for the intended enrollment dates. If you decide after being accepted that you wish to change your enrollment date, you will not be able to defer your enrollment but must cancel your acceptance and reapply.

Q: What is the minimum grade I should have to be accepted?

A: Decisions are based on overall assessment. There are no minimum grades/GPA requirements set for the applicants.

Financial Matters

Q: Where can I find scholarship information?

A: International students (students who will hold the status of residence of “student” while studying at Ritsumeikan University) will receive a fee reduction through the RU Tuition Reduction Scheme. International students in English-medium undergraduate programs are typically guaranteed at least a 20% reduction, with 50% and 100% fee reductions offered to the most outstanding applicants.
The tuition reduction is offered initially for one year, based on students’ admission evaluation. In second and subsequent years, the tuition reduction is awarded based on students’ grades during the previous year of study *Details on scholarships may change from year to year.

For further information on scholarships, please refer to here.
For students of the Joint Degree program, other scholarships reffering at the section 3 of scholarship information page are also available.

Q: How do I apply for the RU Tuition Reduction Scheme?

A: There is no separate scholarship application when applying for admission, but you should indicate on the application form that you wish to be considered for the scholarship. Scholarships awarded ahead of admission to RU are awarded based on application documents and the interview.
There are also scholarships which students can apply for after they are enrolled at RU. For more about scholarships, please check out here.

Q: When will I know the amount of reduction I will receive?

A: Notification of award is sent to the successful applicants along with admission result.

University

Q: What are the key features of Ritsumeikan University?

A: Please refer to “Why choose English- medium undergraduate programs at Ritsumeikan University.”

Q: What is the relationship between Ritsumeikan University and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)?

A: RU and APU are separate universities but both are part of the Ritsumeikan Academy. RU and APU offer different programs and the enrolment procedure for the two universities are completely separate. However, as part of the same academy, the two universities have a close relationship.

Q: How can I find out more about the Ritsumeikan Academy?

A: Please refer to the University’s official site.

Q: How many international students are at Ritsumeikan university?

A: Please refer to Ritsumeikan University at a Glance.

School Life

Q: Student Life and Career Support

A: Please refer to these pages.

Q: Are students in the English-medium Undergraduate Programs able to become exchange students at one of RU’s overseas partner universities?

A: Ritsumeikan University currently runs exchange and study abroad programs with over 130 partner institutions around the world. In addition, RU operates the Dual Undergraduate Degree Program (DUDP), in which students can earn bachelor’s degrees from both RU and universities in the United States. If international students can fulfill all necessary requirements, they can become exchange students at our partner institutions/ join the DUDP. For more information on study abroad, please check out the site here.

* This information does not apply for students enrolling the Joint Degree Program.

Q: Does the University provide accommodation to international students?

A: Accommodation in a furnished apartment or off campus dormitory is availabe for International Students in the English-medium Undergraduate Programs. The style of accommodation depends on the campus the student is based on. Priority is given to those who have no previous experience of living in Japan.

Monthly fees: approx. 41,000 to 54,000 Japanese yen

For more information on accommodation, please check the site here.

Q: Is it possible to find accommodation on my own?

A: The University arranges accommodation for international students on the English-medium undergraduate programs who want it. If students wish to look for accommodation on their own, they may certainly do this. Please be aware, however, that many letting agents may not speak much English and all documents and contracts will be in Japanese, so unless your Japanese is quite good, it may be difficult to arrange things. Also, if you rent accommodation in the private sector, you should expect to pay the equivalent of a few months' rent in key money, deposit etc.

Q: Part-time jobs?

A: Please refer to here.

Q: Extra-curricular activities

A: Please refer to here.

Q: Are campus visits available?

A: Yes. We can typically arrange visits between 9 am to 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Visits typically last 60 to 90 minutes. Please contact the International Admissions Office in advance.

E mail: hello@st.ritsumei.ac.jp

Contact

International Admissions Office

56-1 Toji-in Kitamachi, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8577 JAPAN

Your questions may have already been answered in above-mentioned column.
Please check the FAQ on this page before submitting your questions.

You may submit your questions on College of International Relations and College of Policy Science by filling out the online form provided below.

Information Request Form

* If you have any questions on the College of Information Science and Engineering, please email hello@st.ritsumei.ac.jp.

*This form is only for the English-medium undergraduate degree programs.
For other degree programs offered in English at Ritsumeikan University, please refer to here.